After a teenage girl who was dumped in the garbage by her parents 17 years earlier is approached by a man claiming to be her father, the team re-investigates the hit and run death of her father, Jimmy in 1988.
In 2003, an overweight college girl dies in a fire at a fraternity house. Several years later her father brings the detectives a suspicious picture of his daughter dated the night of the party. As the team investigates the girl's death they uncover a disturbing chain of events that occurred the night she died.
Clyde Taylor, after winning the 1945 All-Star game for the Negro League (against the majors' All-Stars), was beaten to death with his own bat outside the stadium. Taylor became a legend as the one who might have been chosen to break the "color line" in the major leagues. Jefferies' nephew challenges his uncle's cold case team to solve the crime now sixty years old ("What if it had been Babe Ruth?"). Envious, hostile white players and greedy Negro League owners, as well as the complications of a white girlfriend, are pieces of the puzzle.
A former mental patient named Betty Patroski dies. The woman's only child, her son Otis, is called to identify the body and finds it is not the body of his mother. Det. Rush and her colleagues begin the search for Otis' real mother.
Colege friends Scott and Amy start an Internet company in a garage which is instantly successful. Investment banker Clinton Coleman puts up the money to take the company public. The IPO makes Scott and Amy millionaires--on paper. Scott buys a Ferrari and commits more than a million for a Super Bowl ad that fizzles, alarming Amy and threatening their business. When the young health-conscious woman is found dead of a heart attack at the oars of a canoe, the autopsy reveals potassium chloride in her blood. Rush, as part of the homicide team, investigates Scott, Coleman ...
Frank Dicenzio runs a small deli, until he is killed in 2001. Frank's employee, the immigrant Ricardo, is convicted and imprisoned. Ricardo's brother Paulo, however, asks Rush and Valens to reopen the case and prove Ricardo's innocence. The team finds suspects including 'Stump' Fanelli, the hoodlum friend of Frank's only son, Tommy; the unsavory Felix Darosa, who "helps" immigrants at high rates; and Ricardo himself. Meanwhile, Kat Miller joins the team, and Nick Vera's time spent caring for an abandoned baby seems to be not so onerous as he claims.
The music of Bruce Springsteen provides the perfect accompaniment to this story of four young friends with modest dreams and the detours they take along the way. Clem was shot dead in 1988, and the Cold Case team follow up on his murder by tracking his friends' lives, forcing the survivors to review their life choices.
When a note connected to a supposed suicide is found, the team re-opens a 1994 case of a 16-year-old high-school kid, who fell off the roof of the school building after having served detention. In 1994 the death was deemed a suicide, but the newly-found note indicates that the victim might have been fearing for his life.
A mother's dream of seeing her daughter presented at a Debutante ball has tragic results. Being the daughter of a prominent astronaut as well as her mother's prodding succeeds in her invitation to be one of the Debutantes. But there is tension within the society girls as well as one of the men who has been harboring the known secret within the set that he is a 'Jew' which should have made him ineligible. (A sign of the times.) The Debutante is dead from a fall at the base of a staircase as her name was announced.
A sweet, wallflower who works at a bank is courted by a Lothario bank robber who informs her that his crew is robbing her bank. Her love for him is to motivate her to assist them with key knowledge they need for the bank safe. On the day of the robbery, with a change of mind, she pushes the silent alarm which is seen by her lover, sealing her fate. When the same bank is robbed by similarly masked gunman again, it looks like the bank was struck twice by the same robbers, though years apart. The team is convinced there must have been an 'inside man'.
When a drug dealer, Hector, is arrested, he recognizes Scotty Valens as Alvaro, who used to work as a driver for Hector. Detective Valens had been undercover in 1998, but his involvement with the young drug mule Ana, whose murder at the time went unsolved, makes the case uncomfortably personal for Valens, and raises questions for the rest of the team.
On his way to the prom in 1980, Steve Jablonski gets a flat tire on his father's Cadillac, but that's just the start of his troubles. A stranger picks him up in the rain and has him write a will before being buried alive. In 2006, a man who won't give his name catches Det. Rush working late in the office, admits to the killing, and produces a shovel he says he buried Steve with. Working with few clues, the team hurry to save another young man they believe has likewise just been buried ... somewhere.
Young Andi Simmons was a talented tennis player when she won a "Battle of the Sexes" exhibition match against an older student back in 1973, but she was found strangled the next morning. Was the killer her opponent, who'd had his pride hurt by losing to a girl? Her jealous rival on the woman's team? The demanding coach or Andi's more demanding father? The detectives take a new look at the clues.
It was 1929 and vivacious, plucky Violet Polley was a promising singer and songwriter attempting to support herself. She draws the attention of affluent Nick Bartleby. Initially scoffing his attentions, his charm wins her over. The difficulty of the depression and its affect on his family's wealth had him overwhelmed. When Violet Polley shows up with the baby carriage of little Rose, their love child, at the family mansion requesting assistance or marriage. She and baby were cruelly rebuffed by him. Violet is bludgeoned to death within minutes outside the Bartleby's ...
A corrupt cop's suicide leads to new questions about an old murder, challenging Detective Jeffries' belief that the man on death row for the crime is guilty -- and also putting Jeffries on a collision course with an arrogant ADA.
The team looks into a previously thought to be solved 1984 murder of an emergency room doctor after a witness comes forward claiming to have seen the victim speaking with an unknown person shortly before his death. The investigation reveals that the doctor had a gambling addiction that was causing many problems.
Orlando is killed in 2005 in a house for chemical-addicted teens after he is beaten by a fellow patient. Joseph, the supervisor, catches Corey beating Orlando, but can't save Orlando. Two months later, right before Joseph is to testify against Corey, Joseph is found to have been killed at home by a shotgun blast through his door. The obvious suspect, Corey, was in jail at the time of the murder, so the detectives work to solve the open case, which involves good intentions, poor choices, and entanglements for Lilly.